On April 29, 2016 in Istanbul, Boeing notified the general public of a new deal between Boeing and Turkey’s Turkish Airlines. Boeing will be delivering a record high of 26 airplanes this year to Turkey’s largest carrier, Turkish Airlines. They will be providing six 777-300ERS and twenty Next Generation 737-800s this year.
Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier airline of Turkey was established in 1933. They are headquartered in Yesilkoy, Bakirkoy, Istanbul. They have a fleet size of 316 and travel to over 280 destinations, and connect travelers all across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. They are considered to be the fourth largest carrier in the world by number of destinations.
Chief Investment and Technology Officer of Turkish Airlines, Ahmet Bolat states,
“Turkish Airlines is one of the world’s ascendant airlines and an established global network carrier. It has achieved this through various significant investments in its fleet”.
They believe that this deal will show the continued growth of Turkish Airlines ever since their partnership back in the early 1960’s.
Boeing’s 777-300ER allows for over 7,800 nautical miles that can hold up to 396 passengers. While the much smaller Boeing Next Generation 737-800 holds up 162 passengers and has a maximum of 5,500 nautical mile range. Both aircrafts help aid long and short haul fleets and will be a fresh new sight to domestic and international travelers.
Turkish Airlines have flown many Boeing 727, 757, MD-80, and even the modern 737 & 777 aircrafts. The 777-300ER and the 737-800s will be a new and welcomed addition to their large fleet of Boeing Aircrafts.